NEBytes

North East Bytes - Microsoft Technology Usergroup in the North East of England

NEBytes July 2014 - SecurityBytes

This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

We're pleased to announce that for NEBytes this July we will have a talk specially prepared by Ross Dargan and Ben Lee covering a range of interesting security items. Now most people wouldn't normally associate the words "interesting" and "security" with each other but actually the modern internet poses so some really fun problems that need to be solved if you want to protect yourself.

 

Basic internet security principals seem fairly straight forward until you start pretending (hah!) that someone has access to all of your communications. This is where crypto and security get interesting and there are some really elegant solutions to these problems out there…

 

In this session Ross and Ben will lay a quick foundation of the key principals used before covering a range of topics and questions such as...

  • How do you truly verify someone's identity without giving away too much information?
  • How can you agree a secure communication channel with someone in a public arena?
  • What happens next for internet communications?

 

The talk will be quite light hearted and demo ridden (that’s the plan anyway) so come along and join in - Tin foil hats optional


And we are pleased to have along for our second half Janine Weightman, Group Lead for Knowledge Management at Wellstream International Ltd who will present on: Harnessing SharePoint to drive a Knowledge Management strategy.


This session covers how to exploit the basic SharePoint functionality to create an enterprise collaboration and knowledge management platform designed for the business. We will discuss how we reshaped our organisational culture for better knowledge sharing and adoption of SharePoint. We will also cover some of the important lessons painfully gained from the implementation before finishing with a short Q&A.


Date: Wednesday 16th July2014

Time: 18:30-21:00


The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes July 2014 - SecurityBytes

NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101 (cancelled)

Update: This event has been cancelled, we look forward to seeing you all in June...!


This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:

 

Join North East Bytes for our fifth event of 2014 (that nearly didnt happen!)

We are a bit late announcing our event this month as we've have had some troubles getting things lined up ready for you. Unfortunately we've not been able to sort a dev speaker or specific topic but fear not instead of cancelling, our own Ben has some Lync content ready to go that he delivered on the recent MUCUGUK tour "A Day of Lync 2013" and has offered to step in.

It has also been TechEd North America so Andy and Ben will also run a mini re-cap session on the key bits of news... compressed into 30 minutes

Be warned the Lync content from Ben will be very similar to NeBytes from April 2013 so don't feel like you have to come along as you might have seen it before! However if you are interested in Lync, are considering deploying or know someone who is then Ben will be happy to answer any questions and go off on tangents about design or deployment questions.

Perhaps we will see you on the 21st! :)

Eventbrite - NEBytes May 2014 - Emergency Lync 101

NEBytes October 2013 - All about the SharePoint

Join North East Bytes at 18:30 on 16th October for our tenth event of 2013, this time round we are pleased to be partnering SUGUK North East.  After our hiyatus in September we have the pleasure of welcoming back Steve Smith who presented at our first ever NEBytes. We've given over both sessions to Steve with the aim of the evening being to provide everyone with information to help with your planning of a migration and upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Having the right information on how the new products differs to 2010 or 2007 is vital in preparing your test environments and planning for the actual production upgrade.

 

Session 1 - Upgrading SharePoint 2010 Content Databases to SharePoint 2013
Anyone who has tried an upgrade from previous versions of SharePoint know how painful it can be if the right research is not done. In this session I will go through the options available, the hardware and software requirements and walk through a database upgrade to 2013.
Session 2 - Scaling Search in SharePoint 2013
So now that we have upgraded our Farm let's look at one of the biggest architectural changes from one of the SharePoint 2010 Service applications and see how we scale search components in SharePoint 2013.

Steve Smith is the Director of Combined Knowledge, a specialist Sharepoint training consultancy.  Steve is a Sharepoint MVP and a prominent and very well known circuit speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes October 2013 - All about the SharePoint

Sponsor – Access / VBA / SQL mini-project

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor -

Souter Trading International is an international trading business, who has successfully run their business on a line-of-business (LOB) application written in Access with VBA add-ons - for more than a decade.

The management of this business has worked with a database developer to create a system which captures all the business processes and logic, and which effectively tracks all transactions and creates an audit trail which is certified to ISO9001.

With the original database developer retiring, there is a requirement for an individual or business to pick up and understand this LOB application, with the work staged according to business priorities.

Phase 1 will be to fix several pressing issues with the current system.

Phase 2 will then be to hold discussions with the client about what their new requirements are and then advise on what the best course of action is, e.g. improve the Access solution; move to something based on SQL; or take it into the cloud via Azure or similar.

Then provide a spec and price for phase 2 & allow for on-going support - 1 day a month anticipated.

Phase 3 could be the exploration and commercialisation of the system for its resale to third parties using a SaaS model.

If you would like more information, or know someone who might be interested please contact Justin.

NEBytes March 2013 - Power The World With Imagination

Join North East Bytes for our third event of 2013.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are really excited to welcome the local teams entering this year's Imagine Cup event and we'll also be taking a look at managing VMware with PowerShell.

Imagine Cup North East teams

We are pleased to welcome the teams from Imagine Cup North East who have entered the Imagine Cup competition this year.  Each team will be pitching their projects and their entries.  Come along to support our local entrants and give them some real world feedback on their projects and solutions which they can then use to strengthen their entry into this year's competition with the eventual aim of winning the UK final and competing with the rest of the world at the world final in St. Petersburg, Russia!

This is a great opportunity for our community to support the students and future of our community!

PowerCLI 101 – Jonathan Medd

IT Pros are starting to come to grips with the idea of managing Microsoft products with PowerShell, but it's not just Microsoft who are making use of the powerful automation capabilities on offer. VMware have been developing their own PowerShell-based management shell for some time - PowerCLI. In this session, Jonathan Medd, a Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell and VMware vEXPERT, will introduce PowerCLI and show you how to really take control of your virtual infrastructure.

Jonathan Medd is a Freelance Virtualisation and Automation Consultant based in the UK. He has been working with Windows Infrastructure products since 1997, particularly around Active Directory and Exchange, and most recently virtualisation with VMware products. He has held the MCSE certification since 1998 and VMware VCP certification since 2008. In 2007 he discovered Windows PowerShell and he spends a lot of time encouraging IT pros he meets to use PowerShell by talking with them, giving presentations to User Groups or via posts on his blog http://jonathanmedd.net. He also co-hosts a regular PowerShell podcast which contains info on how to learn PowerShell and what’s going on in the PowerShell world – you can find this at http://get-scripting.blogspot.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jonathanmedd

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes March 2013 - Power The World With Imagination

NEBytes Feb 2013 - Jon Skeet Is In Town

Join North East Bytes for our second event of 2013 and one which has been in planning for at least twelve months! Following on from the great events that we've had over the last three years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are very pleased to welcome Jon Skeet to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.    Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity or the cake!

I've Started So I'll Finish

C# 5 has one big feature... asynchronous functions, aka "async/await". It's ever so exciting, whether you're writing client code which needs to have a responsive UI without turning your code into spaghetti, or server code where you really don't want to start 100,000 threads just because you've got a high traffic web server which needs to perform long-running tasks. In this talk I'll demonstrate what async functions look like, then dive into how they work under the hood. Be warned: once you've used C# 5, all other asynchronous code will look atrocious.

Mwahahahahahaha!

We've all seen bad code. Code worthy of the Daily WTF. Code which makes us wonder how products ever ship, let alone work. Bad code is boring. Evil code is entirely different. It's bending a language in ways that would make the designers weep. It's code which you stare at and swear that it can't possibly work... until you see how it does.

I've got some evil code. I'll show it to you. You'll wish I hadn't.

Jon SkeetJon Skeet is a software engineer at Google London by day, and a C# "enthusiast" (to put it mildly) in his spare time. He is passionate about the intricacies of C# as a language, and keen to share his experiences whether through his blog or on Stack Overflow. Jon's book on C#, "C# in Depth" is published by Manning and now in its second edition. A third edition is on its way. (Although Jon works for Google, he does not speak on behalf of Google.)

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.2 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes Feb 2013 - Jon Skeet Is In Town

NEBytes Jan 2013 - Three Years On

Join North East Bytes for our first event of 2013 which also marks our Third Birthday!!!! Thank you for your continued support over the last two years! Following on from the great events that we've had over the last three years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are pairing up once again with the great folks at the SharePoint User Group (Newcastle).  We are pleased to welcome Microsoft Certified Master and veteran international circuit speaker, Dr. Bill Ayers, who is visiting to talk to us about Agile Lean Development. For our second session of the evening we are also hoping to secure a speaker on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity or the cake!

Lean-Agile SharePoint Development

Agile development practices are sweeping through the software industry – everyone is talking about SCRUM, TDD and CI. But SharePoint is different, right? We'll run through the definitions of SCRUM, Kanban, XP, TDD and the rest. Then we’ll look at how you can build SharePoint solutions using Lean-Agile techniques and get all the benefits – faster development, predictable deliveries, better quality, less stress and happy stakeholders. We’ll look at unit tests, integration tests, UI tests, continuous integration and, of course, test-driven development (TDD) using practical examples. We’ll look at the different techniques and new tooling options as well as the many issues around dealing with subsequent iterations of a project that is already deployed with live content.

Session 2 (to be confirmed) is looking like a session on Azure Infrastructure as a Service. A hugely interesting space. Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.2 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Sponsor – Waterstons Experienced Recruitment Open Evening

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor Waterstons Ltd:

Waterstons

Waterstons is looking to build on its recent growth with turnover on course to rise to £6m this year from £3.7m in 2010. We’re constantly on the lookout for talented individuals who can make a difference to our business and take us to the next level and currently have openings in a variety of departments in our Durham office.

We are a business and technology consultancy working with a range of clients and industries across the UK providing creative solutions through technology to improve business performance and deliver competitive advantage.  Our services include IT strategy and business consulting, disaster recovery and business continuity, the delivery of secure and resilient infrastructure, bespoke software development, project management, system analysis, business intelligence and unified communications.

A key element in our success is our people strategy and emphasis on trust, empowerment and encouraging continuous personal growth and lifelong learning. We recruit only the best candidates and reward our people based on their creativity, customer service performance and overall contribution to the business.

Career progression within Waterstons is only limited by your own ability and drive. No two career paths are the same. The direction you choose to go in is fully supported by the whole organisation and is determined by personal strengths and aspirations. The speed which you choose to progress is down to individual motivation and ability and is not constrained by the organisation or team structure.

Come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday 4th December from 6pm until 8pm where you’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Discover who we’re looking for and what key skills we value
  • Hear about the exciting and varied range of projects we work on
  • Meet people in similar roles and find out why working at Waterstons is so different from anywhere else
  • Provide your CV directly to us

For more information email our careers team at careers@waterstons.com

Sponsor – Developer opportunity

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor Sunderland Software City:

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Vacancy – Software Specialist

The Sunderland Software City project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is tasked with supporting the software industry in the North East of England.

Software Specialist

This role will provide direct technical consultancy to new and established software companies in the North East of England. As a member of the Software City team you will undertake technical due diligence, prepare technical specification documents and submit business proposals.

The successful candidate is expected to have in-depth knowledge of technical architecture and proven experience in the software industry.

The deadline for applying to this role is noon on 28th May 2012

Candidates applying to this role are required to take an online assessment test. For further details please refer Sunderland Software City website

MUCUGUK Lync tour 2012 - Newcastle

The Microsoft Unified Communications User Group UK (MUCUGUK) is hitting the road in May with a series of events up and down the country, including one in Newcastle.

This is that this is just one of a series of events they are running up and down the country in places that don’t normally get much attention in the IT Pro world so show them some love and get signed up…

The events run over a full day, are free to attend and even better include lunch and refreshments through the day.

The content is designed to cover all of Lync’s bases; taking you through an introduction to the platform, using Lync as a PBX, resiliency / DR planning, third party integration and even helping you out with creating a business case. So as you can see it doesn’t matter if your already a Lync IT Pro, an overstretched Systems Administrator or IT Manager there should be plenty of stuff to take away from the day.

The full day’s agenda is as follows:

Start

End

Title

09:30

10:00

Registration and coffee.

10:00

10:15

Welcome.

10:15

11:00

Introduction to Lync.

11:00

11:15

Coffee break.

11:15

12:00

We have a PBX, how do we move to Lync?

12:00

12:45

High availability and disaster recovery.

12:45

13:15

Sponsor Session - A10 Networks.

14:13

14:00

Lunch.

14:00

14:45

Using an existing video conferencing solution with Lync?

14:45

15:30

Deploy our own or use a cloud offering, if cloud who's?

15:30

15:45

Coffee break.

15:45

16:45

All of this sounds good, how do I get my boss to agree?

16:45

17:00

Q&A and wrap-up.

 

Places are limited for each event so head over to Eventbrite and get signed up. See you there in May….